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Compensation & Benefits

Empower bosses to recognize employee contributions

Every day at work ought to be Thanksgiving Day, according to Karl Ahlrichs, senior consultant for employee benefits at Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis. He offers these suggestions for inexpensively thanking employees for their efforts.

DOL opinion letters address FMLA, FLSA, CCPA

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently issued three opinion letters addressing employer-submitted questions about the FMLA, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Consumer Credit Protection Act.

HDHPs can cover more preventive services

With certain exceptions, HDHPs can’t start reimbursing employees until they meet those high deductibles. The IRS recently added to the exceptions for preventive services.

In the Payroll Mailbag: October ’19

How voluntary is a voluntary wage assignment? … O’Dowd, O Dowd or O-Dowd?

DOL nods to one-duty rule for highly compensated employees

The Department of Labor has concluded in an opinion letter to an inquiring employer that paralegals who earn $100,000 or more could qualify for the administrative exemption, if they performed one duty of an exempt administrator.

Fix it fast: Paying new hires semimonthly

Employees don’t know pay periods; they know they get paid every two weeks. But there is a difference between paying biweekly and semimonthly. And that difference comes into play when employees come onto or leave the payroll in the middle of a pay period.

Final regs allow SSN truncation on W-2s

In an effort to stem the tide of tax-related identity theft, final regulations allow you to truncate employees’ Social Security numbers on all W-2 copies, except Copy A, which is filed with the Social Security Administration.

Manage legal risks of telecommuter workforce

Before embracing remote work as an option in your organization, know what you’re getting into. You’ll need to manage three kinds of telecommuting risks: workplace safety, time tracking and compliance with local laws.

EEOC will end EEO-1 compensation data collection after this year

The EEO-1 Component 2 data that most employers and federal contractors must submit by Sept. 30 will mark the one and only time the EEOC collects compensation data, according to an EEOC Notice of Information Collection published in the Federal Register on Sept. 12.

Of course employees know how their pay compares

82% of professionals feel well-informed about what they should be making in their current position, and 73% say they’ve checked their salary against market rates in the last year.